ClearBridge Mid Cap Portfolios

Investment Overview

ClearBridge Mid Cap Portfolios is an individually managed portfolio primarily composed of medium-sized U.S. companies. Our commitment to the mid-capitalization asset class is supported by an experienced portfolio management team.

Key Differentiators

Disciplined integration of quantitative and fundamental proprietary research

  • Improves fundamental research and stock picking efficiency in a relatively inefficient segment of the market.
  • Removes emotion from the investment process.

Emphasis on stock-specific risk, while minimizing factor risk

  • Invest where we perceive we have an information advantage and/or when the risk/reward profile is significantly in our favor.
  • Exploit higher probability of finding mispriced stocks than mispriced macroeconomic conditions or other factors.

Concentrated portfolio with high active share 

  • Construct a relatively concentrated (50-80 stocks), yet balanced portfolio.
  • Maintain a high active share (more than 85%), in conjunction with stringent risk controls.

Consistent investment process and philosophy

  • Manage portfolio consistently without style drift or market cap drift.
  • Focus on free cash flow, strong balance sheets, undervalued growth potential and management teams that exercise capital discipline.

There is no guarantee that the Portfolio's objectives will be met.




Define the investment universe

  • U.S.-traded companies with the market-cap range of the constituents of the Russell MidCap Index.

Qualitative screening

  • Applies multi-factor model. 
  • Identifies stocks with the ability to generate strong free cash flow, supportive balance sheets, undervalued earnings potential and/or management teams that demonstrate capital discipline.

Apply fundamental research

  • In-depth analysis of company financials, strategy and capital discipline.
  • Seek to identify investment candidates trading at a discount to their intrinsic value.
  • Leverages internal research platform of analysts.

Construct a risk/reward portfolio

  • Take risks where we believe have an information advantage, with focus on stock selection. 
  • Minimizes sector overweights/underweights and exposure to macro factors such as interest rates, oil, and currency.

Review portfolio

  • Northfield Information Systems is used to provide ex-ante risk profile. 
  • Remain disciplined, consistent and transparent.

The investment process may change over time. The characteristics set forth above are intended as a general illustration of some of the criteria the strategy team considers in selecting securities for client portfolios. There is no guarantee investment objectives will be achieved.



meet your managers

With a legacy dating back over 50 years, ClearBridge Investments is a leading global equity manager committed to delivering differentiated long-term results through authentic active management.

Meet Your Managers

Brian Angerame

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Matthew Lilling, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Active share is a measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager's portfolio that differs from the benchmark index.

To find out more about the ClearBridge Mid Cap Portfolios, talk to your financial advisor.


What I Should Know
Before Investing

All investments involve risk, including loss of principal and there is no guarantee that investment objectives will be met.  Investments may be made in mid-cap companies, which involve a higher degree of risk and volatility than investments in larger, more established companies.  While most investments are in U.S. companies, investments may also be made in ADRs and other securities of non-U.S. companies in developed and emerging markets which involve risks in addition to those ordinarily associated with investing in domestic securities, including the potentially negative effects of currency fluctuation, political and economic developments, foreign taxation and differences in auditing and other financial standards. These risks are magnified in emerging markets.  The managers may sometimes hold significant portions of portfolio assets in cash equivalents while waiting for buying opportunities. 

Prior to December 31, 2015, the ClearBridge Mid Cap Portfolios was known as Clearbridge Mid Cap Core Portfolios. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Management and performance of individual accounts may vary for reasons that include the existence of different implementation practices and model requirements in different investment programs.

Pure Gross performance shown does not reflect the deduction of investment management fees and certain transaction costs, which will reduce portfolio performance. Net performance includes the deduction of a 3% annual wrap fee for equity and balanced portfolios and a 1.5% annual wrap fee for fixed income portfolios. These deducted fees amounts are the maximum anticipated wrap fees. Actual fees may vary. For fee schedules, contact your financial professional or, if you enter into an agreement directly with Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC ("LMPPG"), refer to LMPPG's Form ADV disclosure document. Returns reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings.

An investor cannot invest directly in an index. Unmanaged index returns do not reflect any fees, expenses or sales charges. 

To obtain specific information on available products and services or a GIPS® Report, contact your Franklin Templeton separately managed account sales team at (800) 822-8464. ClearBridge Investments, LLC, QS Investors, LLC , Martin Currie, Royce Investment Partners, and Western Asset Management Company, LLC claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein.

Performance Source: Franklin Resources, Inc.

Hypothetical growth of dollars: For illustrative purposes only. Assumes no withdrawals or contributions. The performance results shown were calculated assuming reinvestment of dividends and income and take into account both realized and unrealized capital gains and losses.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) are investment services provided by Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC (LMPPG), a federally registered investment adviser. Client portfolios are managed based on investment instructions or advice provided by one or more of the following Franklin Templeton affiliated sub-advisers: ClearBridge Investments, LLC. Management is implemented by LMPPG, the designated sub-adviser or, in the case of certain programs, the program sponsor or its designee.

Professional money management may not be suitable for all investors. Factual information relating to the securities discussed was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but there can be no guarantee as to its accuracy. It should not be assumed that investments made in the future will be profitable or will equal the performance of the securities discussed in the material.


Portfolio characteristics (Source: FactSet)

ClearBridge Mid Cap SMA GIPS® Endnotes Strategy Inception Date: May 2004. Composite Creation Date: June 2008. Reporting Currency: USD.
Period Total Return (Net, %)
Total Return (*Pure Gross, %)
Benchmark Return (%)
Number of
% of Bundled Fee Portfolios in the Composite
Dispersion (%)
3 Yr. St. Dev. (%)
Benchmark 3Yr. St. Dev. (%) Total
Composite Assets at End of Period (USD million)

Percentage of Firm Assets
Firm Assets at End of Period (USD million)
2019 28.99 32.79 30.54 96 100 0.40 13.79 13.08 55.7 0.0 128,740.4
2018 -14.10 -11.48 -9.06 102 100 0.31 13.14 12.15 43.8 0.0 106,083.4
2017 10.76 14.06 18.52 94 100 0.09 11.57 10.51 61.5 0.1 119,187.1
2016 7.30 10.50 13.80 46 100 0.12 13.04 11.72 62.3 0.1 100,936.9
2015 0.43 3.44 -2.44 35 100 0.13 11.64 11.00 84.3 0.1 92,536.4
2014 6.09 9.26 13.22 66 100 0.18 11.82 10.29 77.8 0.1 100,721.5
2013 33.10 37.00 34.76 13 100 0.79 16.69 14.23 48.1 0.1 85,024.7
2012 16.52 19.98 17.28 89 100 0.28 19.35 17.44 24.2 0.0 54,624.3
2011 -3.74 -0.84 -1.55 88 100 0.37 21.49 21.86 16.8 0.0 50,870.8
2010 20.71 24.28 25.48 98 100 0.32 n/a n/a 16.3 0.0 55,366.5

*Pure gross of fee returns do not reflect the deduction of any expenses, including transaction costs, and are presented as supplemental to the net of fee returns.

Compliance Statement:
ClearBridge Investments, LLC claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. ClearBridge Investments, LLC has been independently verified for the periods January 1, 1997 - December 31, 2018. The verification reports are available upon request.

Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm's policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.

Firm Information:
ClearBridge Investments, LLC ("ClearBridge") is a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc. ("Legg Mason").  The investment advisory business now known as ClearBridge was registered in September 2005 to facilitate Legg Mason's acquisition of substantially all the equity asset management businesses known as Citigroup Asset Management.  These former businesses serve as the foundation of ClearBridge and its claim of GIPS compliance for institutional accounts through predecessor firms, effective as of January 1997.   In June 2008, ClearBridge combined this business with its retail business to form a single GIPS firm.   As of April 1, 2013 and January 1, 2016, ClearBridge's affiliates, Global Currents Investment Management, LLC, and ClearBridge, LLC, respectively, have become part of the ClearBridge GIPS firm.

Composite Information:
The ClearBridge Mid Cap SMA composite consists of discretionary wrap accounts with an account minimum of US $25,000.  Accounts within the composite seek long-term growth of capital and consistently superior returns relative to the Russell Mid Cap Index.  Portfolios are diversified across several economic sectors, investing primarily in companies having market capitalizations within the capitalization range of the Russell Midcap Index.  The strategy is implemented by Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC (LMPPG).  LMPPG claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).  LMPPG has been independently verified for the periods January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2018.  LMPPG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc and together with its sub-advisers, including ClearBridge, provides investment services primarily in investment programs sponsored by Sponsor Firms. To obtain a compliant presentation and/or the firm's list of composite descriptions, please contact  The main risks of this strategy are General Investment Risk, Mid Cap Risk and Non-U.S. Investment Risk.  In November 2015 the word "Core" was dropped from the composite name.

Input and Calculation Data:
The fee schedule currently in effect is 3.00% on all assets.  Net of fee composite returns are calculated by reducing each monthly composite pure gross rate of return by the highest "bundled" fee charged (3.00%) annually, prorated to a monthly ratio.  The "bundled" fee includes transaction costs, investment management, custodial, and other administrative fees.  Effective January 1, 2013, the number of portfolios reflects a change from prior periods due to an aggregation of accounts as reported by one sponsor.  As of January 2014, the internal dispersion of annual returns is measured by the asset-weighted standard deviation of portfolio returns included in the composite for the entire year.  For prior years, the equal-weighted standard deviation was used.  The composite employed a 10% significant cash flow policy which was discontinued in January 2012.  A list of composite descriptions is available upon request.  Policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request.  Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

Benchmark Information:
The Russell Midcap® Index measures the performance of the mid-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe.  Benchmark returns are not covered by the report of independent verifiers.